Incheon: China's Olympic champion Lin Dan shattered world number one Lee Chong Wei's dreams of Asian Games gold yesterday with a 22-20, 12-21, 21-9 victory in the semi-finals.
Lin Dan celebrates his win over World No 1 Lee Chong Wei in Asiad semis and Lee Chong Wei. Pics/AFP
The Malaysian's final Asian Games ended in heartbreak as he pulled back from a game down against his long-time nemesis but faded in the decider.
Defending champion Lin will face world title-holder Chen Long in the final after his Chinese stablemate easily beat Hong Kong's Wei Nan 21-6, 21-10 in the other semi.
But Lee, 31, was left to ponder the ruins of what was undoubtedly one of his last chances to outclass Lin on one of the sport's big stages.
"He looked really confident in the third set and I could not follow him any more," said Lee, who has announced this Asian Games will be his last.
"I have done my best and I accept defeat. Now I'll go back (home) and have a rest before the next
Lin said he had been distracted by a disputed line call on one of his returns in the first game, which was called in by the line judge, but ruled out by the umpire.
"There was a misjudgment in the first game and that made me a little bit anxious, but I adjusted well," said Lin, who said he relished any chance to line up against Lee.
"I treasured this opportunity to play with Lee because it's a year since we last met — I had some difficulties in the match, but I managed to change my attitude and mood."